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Jun
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Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got an unfashionably late Batman game, a giddy throwback to beat-em-ups of yore, a 2D top-down shooter (minus the shooting), and a couple of free demos for Kairosoft's pixelated favorites. Without further ado:

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Batman: Arkham City Lockdown

Well Batman fans, the mobile tie-in to Batman: Arkham City has finally arrived for the majority of Android devices... just 18 months after the game was released. Let the low download numbers of Arkham City Lockdown serve as a lesson to developers who take too long to port games from iOS, or indeed, leave them as Amazon exclusives for too long. The game itself is nothing like the console and PC game it's named after - Lockdown is yet another Infinity Blade clone, complete with tap-and-gesture fighting and (sigh) in-app purchases.

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The inmates have escaped and Batman has his hands full defeating an army of henchmen and some of his most iconic villains. Scour the rooftops and the seedy underbelly of Gotham City through a series of one-on-one battles with The Joker, Two-Face and more, as well as the Batman: Arkham City Lockdown exclusive - Deathstroke. Choose from several Batman skins and power-ups as you punch, kick and combo your way to cleaning up Gotham City.

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Roundhouse

Inspired by over-the-top 2D brawlers from the 90s (which were themselves inspired by over-the-top action movies from the 80s), Roundhouse is here to kick ass and chew bubblegum. And they didn't have its favorite kind of bubblegum at 7-11, and no one in the restaurant would share, and it's just had a bad day, alright? The game's unapologetic devotion to old-school style extends to the on-screen controls, which faithfully mimic the dingy arcade cabinets of your childhood. The full game is a buck, with a free version available as well.

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Roundhouse is a 2D-Physics action game that takes you, the world's toughest rock star, to Hell and back. Inspired by old school arcade brawlers, Roundhouse is easy to learn and difficult to master. Perform furious feet-flyin' combos as you fight your way through many unique stages, each with challenging bosses that will put your thumbs to the test! Develop the foot fetish you never knew you had; no shame required.

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Fireball SE

Fireball SE is sort of like a dual-stick shooter... without the shooting. And just one joystick. The object is to guide your ball of light across the playing field and avoid the amorphous blobs chasing it, Asteroids-style. At the right moment, you can activate bombs to clear them away, racking up combos and giving yourself a bit of non-breathing room. The standard countdown and survival modes are present, and graphics look pretty smooth, albeit on the simple side.

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Smooth Controls, Explosive Action, and Thrilling Escapes! Fireball: Special Edition is an addictive and challenging, arcade survival game. Dodge swarms of enemies and lead them to their destruction across 3 modes and 2 difficulty levels.

  • Use Meltdown mode to slow down the action and escape from certain death.
  • In Waves mode, play through 8 consecutive waves of increasing size and speed.
  • In Countdown mode, play 5 unique stages of 3 minutes each and try to score as high as you can with massive combos.

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Ninja Village Lite

We wrote about Ninja Village when it was first released: it's one of Kairosoft's unique city builder/RPG games, this time set in Japan's Edo period. As usual with Kairosoft games, there's now a free demo version. You can only play for a short while and landscape mode is disabled, but it will give you a taste of the $5 full game.

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Rewrite the history of feudal Japan with an army of the ultimate guerrilla warriors: ninjas! The shogun has fallen from power, plunging the land into chaos as feuding feudal lords scramble to take his place. But the shogun has an ace up his sleeve: you! As the head of a leading ninja clan, it's up to you to rally your followers and help unify Japan! As their fearless leader, you'll need to train your fellow ninjas in the ways of modern 16th-century warfare--including the use of those newfangled matchlock guns! Assign them to infantry, cavalry, and other units to form an army fit for a shogun!

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Pocket Stables Lite

Ditto for Kairosoft's Pocket Stables. In this game, you win thoroughbred races instead of slay vast samurai armies, but the principle is the same. You'll also need to keep your stables in tip-top shape to try and attract visitors. The full version of Pocket Stables is also $5.

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Manage your very own ranch while training your racehorses to win big in exciting races! Build training facilities like dirt courses and pools amidst the beautiful natural surroundings of your ranch. Increase your ranch's fame and entice visitors to spend some dough at your ranch's amenities, like ice cream stands and gift shops. Find horses with the right combination of stamina and speed and intensity and train them to race. Keep winning races to earn bigger and better prizes, as well as the ability to compete in even bigger and more exciting races on an international scale.

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Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • MasterMuffin

    Aand that Batman isn't even compatible with s3...

    • Funem

      That's because its for tablets

      • MasterMuffin

        The article could have mentioned that >:|

  • BrianLipp

    "Let the low download numbers of Arkham City Lockdown serve as a lesson to developers who take too long to port games from iOS"

    If only. If anything devs will just use this to "prove" that "android users dont buy apps." ATTENTION DEVS! If you release the android version AT THE SAME TIME people will buy it!

    • Thatguyfromvienna

      Why wouldn't I download and pay for a good Android game just because it was released on Ios earlier?

      • BrianLipp

        OK, let me rephrase it. MORE people would buy it if it was released at the same time. Would I have bought batman were it released at the same time as ios? Probably. Now? I know it's just another infinity blade clone with iaps and I've completely lost interest since the almost a year since it came to ios. There's a short window for a lot of mobile games and their popularity, and these "high profile" games that keep on coming to android a year+ late are kissing it, and them blaming us that we don't care about their game anymore.

    • Sean Royce

      I tend to disagree, but only for one reason. A lot of teenagers these days own Android phones. But in many many countries, Google still haven't released Google Play cards, which is absolutely ridiculous, because not everyone has access to a debit card or credit card. If Google released their Google Play gift cards all around the world, I think they'd see a massive spike in sales. Just my two cents.

      • Himmat Singh

        I definitely agree with this. Hard to make a fair comparison of piracy on Android vs iOS until everyone can get access to gift cards, gift codes and be able to gift apps/games to friends and family.

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      • Funem

        Thanks for the spam reply.

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    wow ............world game!

  • Himmat Singh

    "Let the low download numbers of Arkham City Lockdown serve as a lesson to developers who take too long to port games from iOS".

    Very irresponsible to say that. For one, the game has been on Amazon for a long time, so a portion of Android gamers would have got it from there.Another is that it is compatible with a very small subset of devices (out of 10 devices on my list, it's compatible with one only). And finally it was in a limited release until a couple of days ago.

    • Kevin Turabian

      It's not irresponsible to tell people that they are basically ensuring confirmation bias. They want a reason to put off Android development and people have essentially forgotten about Batman since the new movie trilogy has been complete for so long and this app has been on Amazon's app store which isn't available in Canada. So no, as a gamer that potentially might have been interested in this game back then. I have too many IB clones now with IP that I find more interesting.

  • http://mavi222.deviantart.com/gallery/ Mavi

    I don't know, the Kairosoft games seems all the same to me. I only played the Game Dev Story, but when I look on the other games from them, it looks like the same game, just with other skin and some minor changes. Can someone prove me wrong please? Are the other games from Kairosoft worth the money?

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